Gustavo Pérez Monzón

Gustavo Pérez Monzón, (Born Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, 1956. Resides in Mexico.) is one of the most enigmatic Cuban artists of the late twentieth century. He was recognized in the early eighties for his participation in Volumen Uno, an emblematic exhibition that opened the doors of a new era for Cuban art.

While the majority of the new generation of artists imposed a direct, aggressive and non-conformist discourse, Pérez Monzón opted for a path of interior exploration, closer to the spiritualist heritage of the Orígens group’s generation. However, in his work we can see the signs of the formal influences of that time, such as conceptualism and minimalism that, in their own way, were an important reference during the beginning of the opening up of Cuban art at the beginning of that era.

The personal decision of the artist to silence his career abruptly at the moment of its greatest splendour and recognition (in the mid-1980s), meant that his creative talents from that moment on focused on pedagogical projects that culminate in his continuous work in the Centro Morelense de las Artes in Cuernavaca, Mexico where he works as Director of the Department of Visual Arts.

Over time and as a “rara avis” within the environment in which they were produced, his works have gained the merit of silent resistance, as evidenced by the exhibition TRAMAS, a retrospective presented by the Ella Fontanals- Cisneros collection at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Ciudad de la Habana and the CIFO Art Space in Miami.